New Members Information
Where Do We Tramp?
Despite our name, we tramp inland more often than on the Peninsula. On day trips we may travel to areas up to 150km from Christchurch. Weekend trips are usually further afield, frequently in the Southern Alps.
We run roughly equal numbers of overnight trips and day trips and cater for all levels of fitness.
Trips run all year round, with a higher frequency during the warmer months. There is always at least one trip each weekend except over the Christmas holiday period.
Longer, 3-4 day trips run over holiday weekends, and sometimes on other weekends.
The club frequently runs base camps at various parts of the South Island. On base camps, we usually stay at a lodge or camping ground, and make day trips or (less often) overnight trips from there.
Monthly Club Nights
Club nights are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Baptist Church Hall at 286 Oxford Terrace. This is located on the corner of Madras Street and Oxford Terrace, just south of the Avon River and Kilmore Street (see map) . We usually have a guest speaker, frequently accompanied by a slide presentation. The door opens at 7.30pm. Prospective members are welcome.
We often organize social events such as restaurants, barbecues, bowling, evening walks and so on.
Members receive a monthly (except January) newsletter. This gives details of coming trips, club nights and social events, as well as general notices and trip reports. Members may place advertisements (eg to buy/sell gear) in the newsletter.
Before joining the club, you are required to come on two days tramping with the club (overnight trips count as two days). This will enable you to decide whether the Peninsula Tramping Club is for you.
Prospective new members must be at least 15 years old, must be proposed by one and seconded by another member of the club, and may then be elected to membership at the next Committee meeting.
What Membership Offers
Your annual subscription covers:
printing and postage of the newsletter,
upkeep of club equipment
membership of Federated Mountain Clubs (this entitles you to a discount on the Dept of Conservation's Annual Hut Pass, and other travel and gear discounts).
access to hiring club equipment (tents, billies, stoves, ice-axes) for private use, for a small fee
We also have 5 Garmin GPS's, 10 Climbing helmets and a climbing harness that have been purchased and are available to members for free. These where paid for from grants received from The Canterbury Community Trust adding to the safety off our members.
Contact Derek Gane, ph 03 337 8264, or Irene, 021 166 3586, to request an info pack. You will also get three printed newsletters.